Ourania Karoula was born and grew up in Greece. She completed her BA in English Literature and Language at the University of Cyprus. She holds a MSc in Writing and Cultural Politics and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis examined the position of theatre within the modernist movement as expressed both in Europe and the United States.
In 2005 she was awarded a scholarship to conduct original research on the Federal Theatre Project at the Special Collections & Archives in George Mason University (Virginia). She has also contributed to the modernist section of Routledge’s ABES (Annotated Bibliography of English Studies).
She is currently working on a book proposal based on her thesis as well as preparing an article on the Federal Theatre Project.
Ourania’s research interests lie mainly in the field of theatre theory and performance, in particular modernist aesthetics. She is interested in the ways that such aesthetics are manifested in relation to theatrical engagement both within the European and American traditions in the period between the 1930s to the Cold War.
She is also interested in re-examining debates central to the historical avant-garde and proposing new methodological ways of approaching them. Further academic pursuits include the study of the modernist ‘little magazine’ (such as Partisan Review, The Dial, The Modern Quarterly and Blast) as well as the scarcely researched phenomenon of the American Federal Theatre Project. She also has a complementary interest in Marxist and continental literary criticism, feminist writing and fairy tales.
She has presented papers and published an article on the writings of the New York Intellectuals in the Partisan Review and the way they influenced the formation of American national identity. Current projects include a book proposal based on her thesis, an article on the Living Newspaper of the Federal Theatre Project as well as organising a new course for the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL) entitled ‘The Political Stage: Theatrical engagement in the twentieth century’.
This article was published on Sep 12, 2011